House Republicans Prolong Payroll Tax Cut Standoff
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
Let's turn to a negotiation that may or may not happen. The House is scheduled to vote today to send the fight over the payroll tax holiday to a conference committee to resolve issues Republicans have with a bipartisan bill that already passed overwhelmingly in the Senate.
NPR's Tamara Keith reports.
TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Republicans in the House object to the Senate measure because it would extend the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits for just two months while a longer-term deal is worked out. House Speaker John Boehner says it should all be worked out now, before the New Year, in a conference committee.
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: We disagree with what the Senate produced. And as a result, we're asking to go to conference with the Senate so we can resolve the differences between the two Houses.
KEITH: But Democrats say they won't appoint conferees. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Republicans should bring the Senate bill up for a clean up or down vote.
REPRESENTATIVE NANCY PELOSI: What we see now is stalling action on the part of those who never really were for a payroll tax cut in the first place.
KEITH: And so the standoff continues.
Tamara Keith, NPR News, The Capitol.
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